TEXAS TECH AT ARKANSAS
SATURDAY, 3 P.M., ESPNU
Narrowing the gap
Midway through Big 12 play, Texas Tech has a league record of 2-6.
After a 10-1 record through non-conference play and a Big 12 opening win against Texas, hopes were high for a Red Raider basketball program that received votes in the Associated Press poll.
NORMAN, Okla. — When Khadeem Lattin was in the paint, no Texas Tech player dared to take him on.
The 6-foot-9 Oklahoma sophomore affected every shot the Red Raiders put up inside, whether he got a hand on it or not.
And he usually did, as he finished with a career-high eight blocked shots Tuesday in the Lloyd Noble Center as No. 1 Oklahoma defeated Texas Tech 91-67.
“He was more than just the eight blocks,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said.
In true West Virginia fashion, the Mountaineers stole a victory right out of Texas Tech’s hands.
West Virginia, ranked No. 6 but No. 1 in steals and forced turnovers in the nation, scored five points off back-to-back Tech turnovers in the final 24 seconds remaining to escape Lubbock with an 80-76 victory Saturday.
“West Virginia did what they had to do to win the game,” Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said. “Unfortunately we didn’t. It’s a tough loss for us.”
Q: A lot of the guys say you’re the best ping-pong player on the team. Why is that?
A: I went to prep school in New Hampshire, and that’s all we did was play ping-pong. It used to always be the basketball players against the hockey players, and they were pretty good. So we got good and wanted to beat them. Yeah, I’ve grown to be one of the best players on the basketball team, me and Matt Temple.
Q: Is it because of your serve or a spin you put on the ball?
After breaking his fourth metatarsal against TCU earlier this week, sophomore center Norense Odiase, according to Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith, should be out six weeks.
“They’ll kept it in a cast, in a hard cast for three weeks and then they’ll take that off, take a look at it, and then determine how far along it is and what they need to do going forward,” Smith said.
Smith went on to mention that Odiase has been in “pretty good spirits” while the Red Raiders determine how to move forward.
Odiase averaged nine points and 4.4 rebounds in 19.5 minutes per game.
FORT WORTH — With just over three minutes to play and a two-point Red Raider lead on Monday, Aaron Ross fouled Vlad Brodziansky behind the 3-point line.
Brodziansky made all three free throws to give the Horned Frogs a one-point point edge and fire up the home crowd in Schollmaier Arena.
But Ross soon quieted them with a 3-pointer to give the Red Raiders back the lead.
From that point on, Texas Tech scored six more points while holding TCU to one, securing a 76-69 win over the Horned Frogs.
Devaugntah Williams found Zach Smith on the baseline and passed it to him.
The sophomore, who struggled offensively in the first half at 0-for-4 from the floor, nailed the sideline jumper to tie the game at 24 seconds to play.
But the game wasn’t over.
Lester Medford went off a screen set by Rico Gathers, which made Aaron Ross switch over to defending the Baylor guard.
After taking a few dribbles, Medford pulled up and nailed a 3-pointer as time expired to give No. 22 Baylor a 63-60 win over Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon at United Supermarkets Arena.